Guatemalan rum Ron Zacapa has unveiled a new four-part collection comprising limited edition bottlings of its Zacapa 23 expression.
The first instalment in the four-part Heavenly Cask series is Zacapa 23 La Doma, The Taming Cask.
The limited-edition bottling will be followed every four years by a new release to create four collectable special editions.
Using Ron Zacapa’s ‘sistema solera’ ageing process, rums aged between six and 24 years were blended and matured in barrels that used to hold American whiskies, Sherry and Pedro Ximénez wines.
The ex-American whiskey casks were used to ‘tame’ and ‘give shape’ to the unaged spirit immediately after distillation before the second charred cask added more character to the spirit.
The third cask, ex-Sherry, brought ‘new aromas’, before the fourth and final cask, ex-Pedro Ximénez, added ‘sweetness’ to the liquid.
Tasting notes for Zacapa 23 La Doma, The Taming Cask include fresh and honeyed sugarcane and tropical flavours of pineapple and banana.
Lorena Vásquez, master blender, said: “Zacapa La Doma is all about our ‘taming cask’ – the raw Zacapa spirit is forged from the finest fermented virgin sugar cane honey resting in ex-American whisky casks.
“This extracts the most extraordinary flavours and aromas that the cask has to offer, creating a rum with a rich and fruity palate with hints of vanilla.
“The perfect way to enjoy Zacapa La Doma is neat, or over a large ice cube and garnished with fresh or flambéed pineapple or a slice of flambéed banana. I also recommend complementing the serve with a sweet pairing of either walnut or pineapple tart.”
Bottled at 40% ABV, Zacapa 23 La Doma, The Taming Cask will be available in select markets from April